Notes about living and gardening somewhere down in Texas
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I love rocks...especially in the garden. We have some in back, but I have always wanted a BIG rock in the front flower bed. So..we went to the rock store and bought some. Sounds simple, huh? Nope--not so simple. First, putting me in a rock yard with sooo many rocks to choose from is like putting a kid in a candy store. There are so many choices, and of course the ones I liked best were on the bottom of the stack. However, hubby found 2 really pretty boulders in the stone garden and they agreed to let us buy those. I found 5 other smaller rocks and we were good to go...I thought. "Just bring them on out to our house guys...and we will show you where to set them." Uh-uh...they deliver yes, but only to the sidewalk. It was up to us to put the rocks where we wanted them. We had no idea how to get two 300 pound rocks up a sloping yard into a flower bed! Wish I had pictures of delivery day, but I don't--so this is how it went. The 5 smaller rocks were easy to carry and place in the center bed. For the boulders--we put down boards (so we wouldn't hurt the grass or damage the sprinkler heads) and rolled the stones ever so slowly over the boards, up the slope, over the edging, and into place. I am not going to say it was easy-but I will tell you that I love my new rocks!
This is the bed with the smaller stones. We just carried them up the hill and set them down. Easy peasy on this bed.
This was the first boulder we moved, and actually it rolled easily and was not too difficult. The only problem was that is was on the far end of the yard, and it took us a while to get it moved. I planted needle grass in front.
Add one bright gerber daisy to the mix and it is done. (The begonias were already in place).
This rock is just big! It probably doesn't look so in the picture, but I wasn't sure we would get this one up the hill! We figured out the best way to roll though..and up it went. I nestled a Henry Duelberg salvia in front, added another gerber-and the bed is complete.
Whew--what a job, but I am so pleased with the results. I LOVE my new rocks!
Hum...wonder what new project I can come up with now....